Demolition of the Clock Tower monument kicked off last week on Friday as the construction works of the Kampala fly over project are underway.
The flyover project was launched in 2018 by President Yoweri Museveni. The project worth Shs 300b is to be funded by the Ugandan government in partnership with the Japanese government, backed by a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The 3.51km circular footbridge is expected to have a flyover as per the URNA and KCCA implemented project plan.
The Japanese contractor, Shimizu-Konoike JV commenced with the dismantling of the metallic plates that covered the tower, exposing the concrete pillars that form the base and support the structure.
With the construction and demolition works comes the need to close some routes while road diversions are also being put in place.
The Head of UNRA Media Relations at UNRA, Allan Ssempebwa, said that the 66 year old clock tower will be relocated to the square next to the Pan African Square so that the new developments take place.
Daniel Nuweabiine, the spokesperson of Kampala Capital City Authority, stressed that the tower will not be done away with as some speculations have concluded.
“Once it is shifted and rebuilt, the tower will look better due to modern infrastructural development that will have been employed,” he said.
The flyover project is expected to be finished by December 28, 2021.
Upon completion, the flyover is expected to reduce congestion and traffic jam in the city centre, and around the Entebbe-Nsambya road junction, making it easier for people to reach their destinations especially during rush hours.